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Published in the 16-31 Oct 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

'Muslim police could have curbed riots'

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani 

Ahmedabad: In a new development related to Gujarat riots, former Director General of Guajrat police, K. Chakravarthy said posting Muslim policemen at communally sensitive areas during post-Godhra riots could have curbed communal riots but he was unsure whether his recommendation would be considered by the Modi government.

"I did feel posting Muslim police officers in communally sensitive areas could have curbed the riots and I had conveyed the suggestion to the home department during a meeting," Chakravarthi told justice G. T. Nanavati and Justice KG Shah of Nanavati Commission probing Godhra train carnage and its aftermath.

The former DGP said that he was not consulted on many important decisions as slapping of POTA on Godhra train carnage accused, transfers of several senior police officials and transfers of officials investigating the Godhra train carnage. He was being examined by Vadodra-based advocate Diama Kumar.

Instances of poor communication among police and ‘oversight’ of a high ranking police official came to light during a cross-examination of the ex-DGP by Jan Sangharsh Manch advocate Mukul Sinha.

Deposing before the commission, the then Ahmedabad city police commissioner P. C. Pandey said that he was unaware of the fax massages sent by the additional DG (intelligence) about the arrival of 58 bodies of karsevaks from Godhra. Pandey added that he did not know as to who took the decision to send the bodies to Ahmedabad and why?

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